NORTHFIELD - The Martin County West boys cross country team finished fourth, while the Maverick girls finished 12th at the Class A state meet on Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Madelia/Truman's Cade Ekstrom finished 27th to top area individual runners, while Jayhawk teammate Ricki Fenske finished 99th out of 175 runners.
Fairmont's Katiana Fischer finished 80th, while Blue Earth Area's Taylor Grandgenett finished 87th.
DASHING?THROUGH?THE?SNOW — Martin County West sophomore Jonah Mayo and Madelia/Truman senior Cade Ekstrom cruise down course at the boys Class A state cross country on Saturday at St. Olaf Collge in Northfield. Photo by Leanna Becker
DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW — Martin County West senior Noel Bjerken looks to pass Dover-Eyota’s Ellie Morgan and Eden Vally Watkins/Kimball’s Raelynn Callender before the final hill to the finish line at the Class A state cross country meet on Saturday in Northfield. Photo by Leanna Becker
Ekstrom and MCW's Jonah Mayo ran stride-for-stride throughout the 5K race, but Ekstrom's 16 minute, 39-second race put him just ahead of Mayo's 28th-place finish of 16:40.
"We were shooting for top 25, and Cade was as high as 16th with a mile to go in the race. All things considered though, with his hip and everything, it was a good finish for him," said Madelia/ Truman head coach Pete Goeringer.
MCW's Walter Fuller came in with a time of 16:54 for a 44th-place finish. Chris Kahler ran a 17:16 for 83rd place, while Nick Holm finished 107th in 17:34.
Dylan Brockman completed the Mavericks' team score with a 111th-place finish in 17:37.
Matthew Viesselman ran just behind Brockman, who was 113th in 17:37. Daniel Smith rounded out the MCW effort with a 151st finish of 18:19.
Fenske's finish of 17:24, was good for 99th place for the Jayhawks.
"After the first mile of the race, I thought that Ricki lost a little focus. He was staying around the top 50, but he got back into it. With a race like that, it's hard to make up time, but he wasn't far off from his section time so I was very happy," said Goeringer.
The No. 1-ranked Perham boys took the first-place team crown, led by senior Matt Welch. Welch finished first overall in 15:34. while Waseca's Shane Streich finished third in 15:52 to top section finishers.
On the girls' side, Martin County West's Morgan Larson led the area finishers with her 48th-place finish of 15:40 to pace the Mavericks' to a 12th-place finish. Whitney Smith was not far behind, finishing 56th in 15:44.
Noel Bjerken finished in 16:20 for 103rd place, while Rachel Viesselman finished 137th in 16:50. Brooke Anderson completed the MCW scoring by finishing in 150th place in a time of 17:22.
Anna Carlson and Emily Bettin rounded out the Maverick effort with finishes of 167th and 169th in 18:16 and 18:22, respectively.
Fischer finished in 80th place for the Cardinals, coming in at 16:00.
"It wasn't a personal-best time for her (Fischer), but it was one of her career-best performances," said Fairmont head coach Bob Bonk. "She was pretty nervous before the race, but she paced herself well and competed to the finish. This season, she improved a lot, and going from 39th-place in the section last year to 80th in the state this year is a great way to finish the season."
Grandgenett saved her best races for the last two of the season. After running a personal-best at the section meet, she responded by running her second-best career time at the state meet. The lone Buc at Northfield on Saturday, Grandgenett finished 87th in a time of 16:05.
"I thought she did very well for the state meet. The first time you run a large meet like that, there are so many runners and they are so fast, if you are used to running from the front of the pack, it can be tough to be in the middle," said Blue Earth Area coach Tom Plocker.
The No. 2-ranked Esko girls team took home the Class A state championship, while The Blake School's Clare Flanagan defended her individual title by breezing by the competition for a 14:04 championship time.
CLASS A STATE CROSS
Team Results: 1. Esko 115; 2. Annadale 150; 3. Minnehaha Academy 151; 4. Waseca 157; 5. Dover-Eyota 184; 6. The Blake School 187; 7. Perham 194; 8. Adrian 204; 9. Rochester Lourdes 206; 10. Holdingford 212; 11. Canby/Minneota/LincolnHI 237; 12. Martin County West 255; 13. Spectrum 257; 14. Warroad 267; 15. Albany 282; 16. International Falls 302.
Individual Results (Top 25 are all-state): 1. Clare Flanagan (Blake) 14:04; 2. Emi Trost (Cannon Falls) 14:16; 3. McKenzie Holt (St. Cloud Christian) 14:29; 4. Emily Mantor (USC) 14:39; 5. Marisa Shady (Esko) 14:44; 6. Elizabeth Schlafke (Annadale) 14:46; 7. Savannah Ramirez (Litchfield) 14:47; 8. Hannah Truniger (Mayer Lutheran/Lpwht) 14:49; 9. Madison Schandelmeier (Luverne) 14:56; 10. Kayla Woltz (Chatfield) 14:59; 11. Kayla Huhnerkock (Redwood Valley) 15:01; 12. Mary Naas (St. Paul Academy Summit) 15:03; 13. Courtney Alama (Annadale) 15:06; 14. Janessa Mueleners (Belle Plaine) 15:12; 15. Kailee Kiminski (Esko) 15:12; 16. Rachel Eickhoff (St. Cloud Cathedral) 15:13; 17. Tori Burr (GSL) 15:16; 18. Makayla Hohn (Luverne) 15:17; 19. Alaysia Freetly (Lac Qui Parle Valley) 15:19; 20. Lindsey Fast (Warroad) 15:20; 21. Jordin Kopplow (Adrian) 15:21; 22. Katie Shepardson (La Crescent) 15:22; 23. Bethany Coop (Mora) 15:23; 24. Hannah Goemann (USC) 15:27; 25. Amanda Grengs (Canby/Minneota/LincolinHI) 15:27.
Martin County West results: 48. Morgan Larson 15:40; 56. Whitney Smith 15:44; 103. Noel Bjerken 16:20; 137. Rachel Viesselman 16:50; 150. Brooke Anderson 17:22; 167. Anna Carlson 18:16; 169. Emily Bettin 18:22.
Fairmont results: 80. Katiana Fischer 16:00.
Blue Earth Area results: 87. Taylor Grandgenett 16:05.
Team Results: 1. Perham 37; 2. St. Cloud Cathedral 72; 3. Waseca 164; 4. Martin County West 200; 5. Cotter 200; 6. Esko 201; 7. Redwood Valley 205; 8. Minnehaha Academy 211; 9. Plainview-Elgin-Millville 218; 10. The Blake School 227; 11. Proctor 247; 12. Pelican Rapids 253; 13. Albany 260; 14. Mora 303; 15. Park Rapids 365; 16. Luverne 385.
Individual Resuls (Top 25 are all-state): 1. Matt Welch (Proctor) 15:34; 2. Charlie Lawrence (Foley) 15:46; 3. Shane Streich (Waseca) 15:52; 4. Nick Golebiowski (St. Cloud Cathedral) 15:53; 5. Keeghan Hurley (Perham) 16:01; 6. Ian Torchia (Rochestor Lourdes) 16:04; 7. Brady Speicher (Perham) 16:09; 8. Jayden Cullen (Perham) 16:12; 9. Nik Stoks (Canby/Minneota/LincolnHI) 16:14; 10. Isaac Overmyer (Park Rapids) 16:14; 11. Richard Swanson (Kingsland) 16:15; 12. Seth Hare (Albany) 16:18; 13. Pat Reinschmidt (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) 16:20; 14. Johnathan Surber (St. James) 16:21; 15. Mike Destache (St. Paul Academy Summit) 16:26; 16. Nick Carignan (Perham) 16:27; 17. T.J. Schiltz (New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva) 16:28; 18. Matthew Schrupp (Cotter) 16:30; 19. Billy Beseman (Perham) 16:31; 20. Beau Gerding (St. Cloud Cathedral) 16:31; 21. Ethan Wagner (Minnehaha Academy) 16:32; 22. Cody Bekkerus (Pelican Rapids) 16:32; 23. Carston Dammann (Lake City) 16:32; 24. Ephraim Bird (Hope Academy) 16:36; 25. Emilio Talveaho (Cotter) 16:37.
Martin County West results: 28. Jonah Mayo 16:40; 44. Walter Fuller 16:54; 83. Chris Kahler 17:16; 107. Nick Holm 17:34; 111. Dylan Brockman 17:37; 113. Matthew Viesselman 17:37; 151. Daniel Smith 18:19.
Madelia/Truman results: 27. Cade Ekstrom 16:39; 99. Ricki Fenske 17:24.